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Orientalism by Edward W. Said is a modern classic that was first published in 1979. It's a groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural and political perceptions of the East. 

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  • Walter Allen
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a pretty good telling of colonial works of the past. It has great critique, and an interesting perception."
  • Yan Fu
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The book was published in the late seventies, so it is a bit dated. Still, it does do a good job at examining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am by no means an expect on the subject, but I felt that it was a very informative piece of work that certainly gave me a lot more knowledge on the topic. Plus, it's not a difficult read."
  • Douglas Armstrong
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "One of the best ethnographic books that I have had the pleasure of reading recently has to be Orientalism. I really learned a lot of things from this book and felt enlightened on the topic as I finished this book."
  • Eric Zheng
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "It's interesting to read about the differences between cultures in our world. The west and the east have such differing cultures and customs."
  • Jason Carr
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Some of the observations in this are dated but I found that most of them are still spot-on. It really changed my way of thinking about Asia and its people."
  • Jerry Riley
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a great book If you're looking for something on Eastern civilizations and the:ization of them.  I think it is geared very well towards college students and that someone interested in the subject cuz learn quite a great deal from this book."
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  • Patrick Crawford
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A modern classic. Insightful and interesting book covering lots of interesting details about a forgotten era . "
  • Jose Fuller
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "It's very rare for me to venture into the non-fiction book section of the local store that I frequent, but one day I decided to give "Orientalism" a try just to see if it's any good. I read it back home during my break time and wow, this sure opened my eyes to something I never thought about before! Basically the book is about how the people of western culture view people from the east as different. Sometimes it's a little disturbing to think that we as a people viewed others that way, but this was really an important part of our development as a global society. It's long and sometimes it can sound too intellectual, but it's still understandable. If you're interested in other cultures, it would be in your best interest to check this book out!"

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